TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Shawnee County District Court this week will start hearing arguments on whether the state's expanded gambling law enacted this year is constitutional.
Judge Charles Andrews will hear the case starting Tuesday. But the final answer will likely come from Kansas Supreme Court.
Who really owns and operates the gambling facilities is the central question.
Legislators authorized four casinos and slot machines at dog and horse tracks.
Governor Kathleen Sebelius -- who supports expanded gambling -- asked Attorney General Paul Morrison to get a ruling from the state's highest court.
She believed the law is constitutional but felt developers would be reluctant to invest unless the law was upheld.
Eleven states have nontribal resort casinos, but Kansas is the only one to own and operate casinos.